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When a gentleman mocks


Mohd. Rafi
Fun Songs
HMV
Rs 50

Rafi was versatile. He sang fervent, raga-based prayers like Yeh duniya ke rakh wale, and also fun songs which called for a lot of shouting, screaming and teasing. He was Shammi Kapoor's voice in songs like the eternally popular Yahoo.

This is a collection of 17 fun songs Rafi sang for heroes like Shammi Kapoor and Biswajeet. Shammi carried these songs off better with his unselfconscious clowning, as in Junglee (Sukoo sukoo), Janwar (Lal chhadi)and Kashmir ki kali(Subanallah haseen chehra).

Rafi's voice is not rough and so when he sings songs that mock and make fun of the heroine, he sounds gentlemanly and not like a ruffian. You know it's just a tease!

Some songs are tender and courteously woo the heroine: (Aye nargisi mastana), from Arzoo and (Aa lag ja gale dilruba) from Dus lakh. Some just celebrate the hero's sense of joy (Mast baharon ka mein ashique).

The other tracks are April foolbanaya , Humdum mere maan bhi jao, Love in Tokyo and Jab pyar kisi se hota hai.

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